Uckfield Coronavirus updates – Thursday, April 2

Latest news from Uckfield businesses and organisations during Coronavirus restrictions. Updates are added during the day.

Update at 2.50pm: Preparations for improvements are under way at the Kilnwood Studio in Uckfield High Street.

Owner Gaynor Robson says: “All your pieces that are waiting for collection are now safely boxed and tucked away and the shelves have been taken down. I bought the paint before all the shops shut so when everything is safely off the walls I can get decorating.

“I also managed to run one final kiln to fire all the bits I was painting in my empty studio before it shut. Here are some pics. It’s slow progress but we’re getting there. I’ll keep you posted.”

Some of the pottery painted by Gaynor Robson, the new owner of Kilnwood Studio, before she closed because of Coronavirus restrictions.

Buxted Surgery and Pharmacy

Telephones at Buxted Surgery are to be turned off for half an hour at 11am and 4.30pm. This is because of an increase in demand and staff shortages.

The pharmacy at Buxted has new opening hours. They are 9am to 1pm and 1.30-5pm.

Public spaces

Update at 12.30pm: Uckfield Town Council is reminding people about a government statement that “parks will remain open but only for individuals and households to exercise once a day. Communal spaces within parks such as playgrounds and football pitches will be closed”.

The council reiterates that social distancing guidelines should be followed at all times when you are exercising in Uckfield’s parks. This is also important for allotment holders.

“Please make sure you keep your distance and follow government guidelines.”

Ruby’s Cakes at Ridgewood Post Office

Ridgewood Post Office and Stores was celebrating the delivery of their favourite Ruby’s Cakes this morning. The business said it was proud to be supporting local businesses during the lockdown.

Ruby’s Cakes at Ridgewood Post Office.

Outreach box service

Update at 10am: The Uckfield Coronavirus Outreach Box Service has delivered 108 boxes in the last ten days, the organising group has reported this morning.

The service is designed as a stop-gap if you cannot get to the shops while self-isolating.

These are basic food supplies and a box costs £9. This is a non-profit, volunteer effort.

Volunteers filling boxes for delivery to those in need while self-isolating. Photo: Uckfield Coronavirus Outreach Box Service.


Ridgewood – inc. all roads and estates close to and south of Highlands Inn and New Town – from the railway station to Highlands roundabout, inc. Selbys, Framfield Road and offshoots and Forge Rise area:


Manor Park estate and Hempstead Fields estate – plus London Road and Coopers Green:


Uckfield west – inc. West Park, Rocks Park, Hunters Way, plus roads off Church Street. Snatts Combe and Ringles Cross area – inc. The Drive etc., through to Claremont and Cambridge Way, Snatts Road and Ringles Cross:


Uckfield east – inc. Hempstead Lane and offshoots, Grange Road and Olives Meadow, town centre and High Street:


The Beauty Spot

The Beauty Spot has been approached by people and companies who have offered to sponsor a treatment to be donated to a front line worker when the salon opens again, as a way of saying a big thank you to them.

Salon owner Maria Mann says £25 can buy a massage or a manicure and she is wondering if anyone else would like to donate to this scheme. The salon itself plans to donate ten £25 vouchers.

If you would like to be a sponsor please leave your name on The Beauty Spot Facebook page and Maria will contact you about how to pay.

Once the sponsors have come forward a give away will be organised.

Essence for Change

Aromatherapist and Flower Essence Practitioner Christine Martin, who runs Essence for Change in Uckfield, is organising an online coffee get-together.

It will take place on Saturday, April 4, at 10.30am.

If you would like to join Chris for an informal chat all she will need is your email address so that she can send you a link to the Zoom forum – which, she says, is easy to download and use.

To join send your email address to aromachris@sky.com.

Aromatherapist and flower essence practitioner Chris Martin who is organising an online coffee get-together.

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